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Jenny's Picks: Events from the MNToday and MPR Calendars

Posted at 4:59 PM on May 28, 2012 by Jenny Niedenfuehr

jn-headshot.jpg MPR Digital Media Intern Jenny Niedenfuehr assembles her picks from MPR events and Minnesota Today's Arts and Culture calendars. Don't miss these!
- Julia Schrenkler

Lil Kim
Come and watch Lil Kim, African and Native American rapper and actress on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7 PM at the First Line Music Café .

Lil Kim, originally Kimberly Denise Jones, was born in Brooklyn and would rap for fun when she was a teen. She met Notorious B.I.G, an American rapper, who saw Kim's talent and helped her start a music career.
Kim is most known for her three albums, "Hard Core," released in 1996, "La Bella Mafia," released in 2003 and "The Naked Truth" released in 2005. "Hard Core was her very first album" and "The Naked Truth" made number six on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart and sold 109,000 copies during the first week that it was released. She also has been featured in films and TV shows, such as "Superhero Movie" and "Dancing with the Stars."

You can purchase your tickets at StubHub. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event.

Kim is a rare and hard edged rapper known for her unique performance. Don't miss her performance in Minneapolis!

Wits with Wyatt Cenac and Ted Leo
MPR will be presenting their annual Wits™ on June 1, 2012 at the Fitzgerald Theatre.John Moe will be hosting again, and he will engage his guests in lively discussions, that the audience can join on twitter @johnmoe. Wyatt Cenac and Ted Leo will be the main featured guests at this event.

Wyatt Cenacmost known from his work on "The Daily Show" as a correspondent and as a writer for his own "Comedy Central" stand-up special, "Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person." He also wrote for TV show "King of the Hill," and performed on shows and films, such as "Comedy Death Ray" and "Medicine for Melancholy."

Ted Leois most known as the "front man and main songwriter" (MPR) of the indie rock band "Ted Leo and the Pharmacists." Their recent album,"The Brutalist Bricks," came out in 2010. Leo has also performed with bands such as, "Puzzlehead," and "Animal Crackers."

Tickets are $32 dollars. Members of MPR will receive a $2 discount. Purchase tickets at the MPR Box Office or call 651-290-1200.

The show starts at 8:00 PM, but feel free to come early and attend the happy hour talk and tweet at 7:00 PM, where you can get a special Wits™ house drink, Big Ginger. 89.3 The Current's Barb Abney will also be spinning some songs at this event too!

A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line was the fourth longest show running on Broadway, winning nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for drama. While the play is no longer on Broadway, an international tour group will be performing it here in Minnesota. Come and watch this fantastic musical, A Chorus Line at The Burnsville Performing Arts Center on their opening night, June 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM. There will be also many other performances through June 17 listed on the Burnsville Performing Arts Center's site

A Chorus Line is a 1974 story of dancers auditioning for a spot on a chorus line. It is a "celebration of song and dance, performers and performance" (Burnsville Performing Arts Center). The dancers go through a challenging audition and are asked to share something about themselves and their journey as performers.

Tickets are $20 for adults, and $17 for seniors 62 years or older and students. Purchase your tickets at StubHub orGigaTicket.

This is a performance that you will not want to miss out on. Let "A Chorus Line" take you into the story of what it's like to audition and perform on Broadway!

The Shins
Watch one of the hottest indie bands in the United States, The Shins perform at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis on June 1 (Friday), 2012 at 9:00 PM. James Mercer will sing, with Joe Plummer on drums, Yuuki Matthews on bass guitar, Jessica Dobson on guitar and Richard Swift on keyboard.

The Shins originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico from singer and songwriter, James Mercer. Mercer used to be part of another band called "Flake Music," which formed in 1992. During the next five years Flake Music released singles and a full-length album. Flake Music ended around 1997, and became known as The Shins.

The Shins have fused different musical styles in their most recent album "Port of Morrow" in 2012. "Fans are eager to see what these indie rockers will come up with next" (MPR).

Purchase tickets at StubHub

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